Mr. Bill Rupp will be joining the College of Agricultural Sciences for the Spring Semester as our inaugural Executive in Residence. Mr. Rupp brings with him an impressive set of accomplishments as a business leader in the protein sector including serving as President of JBS Beef, CEO of Meyer Natural Foods and President of Cargill Beef.
The Executive in Residence program connects highly engaged and influential professionals to the College of Agricultural Sciences in order to enhance our understanding of how agricultural and business practices are being used in industry and to raise our awareness of contemporary issues in agriculture. The Executive in Residence is hosted for one semester and will lead special topic seminars, guest lecture and/or answer questions in classes, engage with undergraduate and graduate students in their extracurricular activities and participate in CAS events as appropriate. The Executive in Residence will also help faculty, staff, and students connect with key industry leaders and be a liaison with stakeholders. I’m enthusiastic about the advent of this program and to work with Mr. Rupp – I have observed firsthand how this type of engagement can be a transformative experience for careers, programs and initiatives.
When Mr. Rupp is on campus, he will have an office in Animal Sciences. Dr. Greg Perry has graciously agreed to coordinate Mr. Rupp’s activities and appearances. Please contact Dr. Perry with ideas for interacting with Mr. Rupp, and also direct inquiries to Dr. Perry. Please join us for a welcome reception on Tuesday, February, 7 from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Collins-Johnson-Buck Atrium of the Animal Sciences Building.
Ajay Menon, Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences